Uneven, chipped or discolored teeth are the easiest dental flaws to spot. The application of porcelain veneers, however, can turn those flaws into assets. A porcelain veneer (also called a laminate) is a thin glass-like shell of porcelain that fits over any problem teeth.
The advantages of porcelain veneers include:
- Natural color, translucence, and texture
- Extremely durable
- Resist stains and won’t decay
- Close gaps between your teeth
- Lengthen and reshape teeth
- Nearly as strong as normal teeth
Veneers can be applied in just two visits, require little or no anesthesia and are well suited to repairing front teeth. Maintenance is a simple matter of routine oral care, based on regular brushing, flossing and rinsing.vFor very minor chipping or unevenness, a Lumineer may do. However, for most cases we recommend conventional veneers.
If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown — or dental cap – to restore your tooth to its normal shape and size. A porcelain crown (also called a cap) covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth.
The advantages of crowns include:
- Size, shape, texture, and color can be controlled (custom-made)
- Restore aesthetics and function to broken, cracked, or filled back teeth
- Can be used on damaged or broken teeth
Although porcelain crowns require the reduction of more tooth structure than veneers, they are generally stronger than veneers.
Porcelain crowns look like natural teeth and are often stronger than the original teeth. A new crown should last between six to eight years. Crowns, however, can last much longer with the application of good oral hygiene and supervision. On the other hand, teeth grinding, ice chewing, and fingernail biting could significantly decrease a crown’s duration.